Samuel Cottell - musicologist

Samuel Cottell is a multi-faceted pianist, arranger, composer and all-round musician. He completed his music studies at Sydney University and studied piano with Stephanie McCallum and Christine Logan (UNSW) and received 1st Class Honours in music. He has recently completed and is preparing to submit his PhD, From Storeman to Stardom: The Life and Music of Maestro Tommy Tycho, and is currently writing Tycho’s biography for publication in mid-2019.


Samuel is published in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and recently has published a book chapter on the concert music of iconic film composer Bernard Herrmann in the Ashgate Press book, Double Lives. In 2016 Samuel wrote an extensive biographical feature article on the life and career of Australian jazz composer and trombonist Dave Panichi. From 2016 - 2017 Samuel wrote articles and program notes for Omega Ensemble and Nexas Saxophone Quartet. He has written liner notes for many recordings around Australian including Omega Ensemble, Nexas Saxophone Quartet, Divergence Jazz Orchestra, and harpist Julie Raines. Samuel has also written for Cut Common Magazine, Fine Music Magazine and many other music and arts publications.

Samuel has been awarded many scholarships and prizes for his academic work including an Australian Post-Graduate Award. In 2016 Samuel was selected as one of four summer scholars to participate in the annual program at the National Library of Australia for six weeks. During that time he gave a recital performance at the Library (the first scholar in the history of the program to do so). In 2015 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp as part of the Words About Music Program.


In 2015 Samuel appeared in a two-part radio special on Tommy Tycho as part of Rare Collections on Radio National and in 2016 curated a library display at Sydney Conservatorium of Music Library, which included archival materials and footage from Tycho’s career.


Samuel has recently founded the Samuel Cottell orchestra specialising in orchestral pops and light classical music and is currently preparing arrangements for Divas on Demand for an upcoming concert Cole Porter’s music.  Samuel also lectures in arranging and harmony at Western Sydney University and has taught modules in arranging, theory and analysis, music performance, film music and contemporary music within the University of Sydney Music Department.

David Miller  and  Wendy Dixon

      piano                           soprano